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Electric Peak Larkspur - Delphinium glaucescens

Potential Species of Concern
Native Species

Global Rank: G3G4
State Rank: S3S4
(see State Rank Reason below)

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Occurs in southwest Montana at relatively high elevations. Though it has a restricted distribution, it may not be that uncommon.
  • Details on Status Ranking and Review
    Electric Peak Larkspur (Delphinium glaucescens) Conservation Status Review
    Review Date = 10/31/2012
    View State Conservation Rank Criteria
    Population Size

    Score0-1 - Moderate to Large: Population size is imprecisely known but is believed to be >10,000 individuals.

    CommentPopulation levels are poorly documented.

    Range Extent

    Score2 - Regional or State Endemic or Small Montana Range: Generally restricted to an area <100,000 sq. miles (equivalent to 2/3 the size of Montana or less) or Montana contributes 50% or more of the species’ range or populations OR limited to 2-3 Sub-basins in Montana.

    Area of Occupancy

    Score1 - Moderate: Generally occurring in 11-25 Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).

    CommentCurrently documented from 18 subwatersheds (6th code HUC), though likely occurs in more within sw Montana.

    Environmental Specificity

    Score1 - Moderate: Species is restricted to a specific habitat that is more widely distributed or to several restricted habitats and is typically dependent upon relatively unaltered, good-quality habitat (C Values of 5-7).


    Score0-1 - Stable to Minor Declines:

    CommentTrends unknown, though populations are likely stable or experiencing only minor declines as its' habitat at higher elevations is less impacted.


    Score0-1 - Low to Medium.

    CommentThreats are probably minimal across the species' range.

    Intrinsic Vulnerability

    Score0-1 - Low to Moderate Vulnerability.

    Raw Conservation Status Score

    Score 4 to 8 total points scored out of a possible 19.

General Description
Stems hollow near the base, glabrous, glaucous, 25–60 cm from woody roots. Leaves numerous; blades 4–8 cm wide; ultimate lobes narrow, to 3 mm wide. Inflorescence with usually <30 flowers, most longer than their pedicels. Flowers with dark blue, nearly glabrous sepals 6–12 mm long, the tips cupped forward; petals deep blue, the upper with white margins, the lower cleft 1–2 mm long. Fruits 10–15 mm long, glabrous to puberulent (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Endemic to northwest WY and adjacent ID and MT (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 29

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Meadows, grasslands, steppe; montane to near treeline (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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